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Nancy Daniels to head up Animal Planet as Susanna Dinnage leaves Discovery

Discovery, Inc. is expanding Nancy Daniels’s role as chief brand officer, Discovery and factual, to include Animal Planet, as Susanna Dinnage steps down as Animal Planet president, Realscreen has confirmed. Daniels (pictured ...
November 1, 2019

Discovery, Inc. is expanding Nancy Daniels’s role as chief brand officer, Discovery and factual, to include Animal Planet, as Susanna Dinnage steps down as Animal Planet president, Realscreen has confirmed.

Daniels (pictured left) will now oversee all factual content for Animal Planet and its services, including development, production, commissioning and windowing across linear and DTC, in addition to her existing responsibilities, according to an internal memo sent by Discovery, Inc. president and CEO David Zaslav.

She will additionally play a key role in Discovery’s content strategy as the company evolves its direct-to-consumer offerings. While Animal Planet will continue to exist as a linear network, like Discovery Channel and Science, it will now be more integrated within this larger group of brands.

In considering the overall structure of Discovery, Inc., the company concluded that there was no longer a need for a standalone president at Animal Planet, said Zaslav in the memo.

“Susanna Dinnage, who has been an integral and deeply valued member of our leadership team for a decade, is supportive of this decision and will step down from her role as Global President of Animal Planet and leave Discovery at the end of the year,” the memo said.

“I have had an incredible decade at Discovery and been privileged to be part of such a purpose-driven, and truly global, company,” said Dinnage, in a statement shared with Realscreen. “As the world looks ever more closely at conservation, the past two years at Animal Plant have been particularly rewarding. It’s a very exciting time to be in the world of media and content and I look forward to the future.”

Dinnage’s tenure at Discovery since 2009 has included posts as president of UK/Ireland and chief content officer for Discovery Networks International, as well as general manager of the UK and Benelux businesses. Appointed as global president for the Animal Planet brand in 2017, she announced her departure from Discovery in November of 2018, to head up the English Premiere League football division, but turned down the post just over a month later to resume her role at Animal Planet.

This news was first reported by Deadline.

(With files by Barry Walsh)

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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